Gamescom, one of the largest video game expos in the world took place just over a week ago in Cologne, Germany. It was held about two months after E3 in Los Angeles, but there was no shortage of surprising news for gamers.
The expo not only served as a platform for video game and console manufacturers to showcase new hardware and software, but also gave over 300,000 video game fans to get hands-on time with unreleased upcoming titles. In contrast, E3 is largely an industry-only event, where the vast majority of attendees work in the video game industry.
So now that the dust has settled, let’s take a look at the biggest announcements and reveals from Gamescom that made the most lasting impressions.
Xbox One Halo 5: Guardians limited edition console and controllers
Since Microsoft launched the glossy black Xbox One in 2013, the company has released two variant paint schemes for the console. An all-white console was released for Sunset Overdrive’s launch, and a highly-decorated grey console was released for Call of Duty Advanced Warfare. In June this year, a gorgeous blue console bundle was announced to tie-in with the upcoming launch of Forza Motorsport 6.
At Gamescom, Microsoft announced that joining the family of limited edition Xbox One consoles is the Halo 5: Guardians-themed bundle. The two-toned paint scheme is highlighted with bright blue metallic accents, special audio effects for the console’s buttons, and other fine details that bring the Halo universe to life. The console bundle includes a similarly decorated controller, a code for Halo 5: Guardians, as well as some other limited edition items. This stunning bundle is priced at $499.99 and is available to pre-order. Xbox One owners can add to their arsenal by purchasing the aforementioned wireless controller separately as well.
A Master Chief-themed Halo 5: Guardians wireless controller with a green paint scheme and metallic orange accents will also be available to purchase separately. Both controllers truly look like works of art.
Xbox One getting free DVR functionality for over-the-air TV
Video game consoles are used more often to watch streaming video than to play games, and with the Xbox One’s recently-added functionality to watch over-the-air (OTA) television using a separate TV tuner, users have been begging for DVR capabilities to record their favorite shows onto their Xbox.
One of the most surprising Gamescom reveals from Microsoft was that not only was DVR functionality coming to the Xbox One for free, users can stream recorded shows to other devices and can even download shows to mobile devices to watch them anywhere – even without an internet connection.
DVR will be available on Xbox One sometime in 2016.
Scalebound gameplay demoed, four-player co-op announced
Developers PlatinumGames is working on Scalebound, an exclusive Xbox One title, set for release during the 2016 holiday season. Microsoft released a gameplay demo video at Gamescom that shows just how terrifyingly awesome it is do slash your way across a battlefield with a fire-breathing dragon buddy that roasts and stomps on enemies.
The graphics look outstanding with a wide color palette, and superb particle effects. But really, the gameplay seems fantastic, especially when it comes to fighting monsters. Your character can turn into an armored warrior, and take on giant beasts alongside your dragon pal.
At the end of the gameplay video, a brief cinematic of multiple players with their respective dragons join together to take on a gargantuan of a beast. It has since been confirmed that Scalebound will feature four-player co-op.
All-star cast for Quantum Break announced
Quantum Break, Remedy Entertainment’s follow-up to the critically-acclaimed, Alan Wake, has gamers chomping at the bit. Ever since Microsoft revealed the game’s time-warping gameplay, gamers have been clamoring for more details.
A video with new combat gameplay footage was released, along with the announcement of a stellar cast of actors that will be filling roles in both the game and a live-action companion show. Here is the list of actors appearing in Quantum Break:
Shawn Ashmore (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”) as Jack Joyce
Dominic Monaghan (“Lost”) as William Joyce
Aidan Gillen (“Game of Thrones”) as Paul Serene
Lance Reddick (“Fringe”) as Martin Hatch
Marshall Allman (“True Blood”) as Charlie Wincott
Patrick Heusinger (“Black Swan”) as Liam Burke
Mimi Michaels (“The Ugly Truth”) as Fiona Miller
Amelia Rose Blaire (“True Blood”) as Amy Ferraro
Brooke Nevin as Emily Burke
Courtney Hope as Beth Wilder
Jacqueline Pinol as Sofia Amaral
Jeannie Bolet as Kate Ogawa
Sean Durrie as Nick Marsters
Quantum Break is due April 5, 2016, exclusively on Xbox One.